Probe opens into stun gun use on pregnant teen
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD say they are continuing their investigation into what exactly led police to use a stun gun on a pregnant Bronx teen Friday evening.
Video shows about a dozen officers surrounding 17-year-old Dailene Rosario, who is 14 weeks pregnant.
Rosario's family says police were already in their Woodlawn apartment building addressing a separate issue that night, but wound up on the fourth floor when Rosario's boyfriend started fighting with her sister's boyfriend over a video game.
According to the criminal complaint, when police arrived at their apartment to check on the noise, Rosario refused to tell the officer what happened. As the officer was leaving, Rosario came back outside the apartment screaming and fighting with her sister.
Police say the officer approached the girls and Rosario shoved him. She then allegedly threw herself to the floor, flailed her arms and sat on her hands, refusing to be handcuffed when backup arrived. They say this behavior ultimately led to the discharging of the stun gun.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has commented on the incident saying, "We believe there are situations where not only is the use of a Taser appropriate, but it is the alternative in certain altercations to the use of a firearm and that is obviously better for all concerned."
According to the NYPD patrol guide, officers are directed to consider a number of factors when deciding whether or not to use a stun gun on someone including whether a person is attempting to evade arrest or is resisting custody.
Police say the incident remains under internal review.
Rosario says she had a miscarriage once before, so this incident worries her about potential complications with her current pregnancy.
Rosario is charged with resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to the criminal complaint.